Zac Rosscup, Neil Ramirez recalled; Blaker Parker optioned to Triple-A


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Pitchers Zac Rosscup and Neil Ramirez have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa as corresponding roster moves to Justin Ruggiano being placed on the disabled list, tweets ESPN Chicago’s Cubs’ beat writer Jesse Rodgers.

Right-hander Blake Parker made two appearances and gave up three earned runs on five hits for a 16.20 ERA over 1 2/3 innings. Parker will rejoin Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs’ roster now has a 13-man pitching staff and only four bench players with one being backup catcher John Baker.

Rosscup, 25, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the second game of a doubleheader on April 16 in St. Louis against the Cardinals. The left-hander also is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA and nine strike outs in five appearances with Iowa this season.

Ramirez, 24, is a combined 36-35 with a 4.40 ERA in 140 minor league appearances in the Texas Rangers and Cubs organizations. The right-hander was the player to be named later in the five-player for starter Matt Garza last July. Ramirez gave up seven hits, including two home runs, struck out 11 and walked five for a 7.71 ERA in six appearances this season at Iowa.

Rosscup gives the Cubs three left-handed relievers, which could be beneficial with Edwin Jackson pitching on Thursday night.

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